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Florida Panthers, Jose Theodore Limp into Opener, Lose 7-1 to Dallas Stars ... Tim Kennedy sent to AHL San Antonio

THURSDAY'S GAME

Dallas 7, Florida 1: The Panthers (1-4-1) ended their preseason with a listless loss as the Stars got second period goals from Mike Ribiero, Alex Goligoski and Stephane Robidas.

Florida tied the score at 1 early in the second when rookie Jonathan Huberdeau knocked in a long pass from Dmitry Kulikov.

Jose Theodore stopped his first 11 shots before giving up seven on his final 26.

"There were numerous things structurally that broke down,'' coach Kevin Dineen said. "We didn't have a lot of will. It adds up into exactly what happened: A pretty good tail kicking.''

On Theodore: "That's a tough training camp for him but that's why we have it. He needs to feel the puck, our systems. At the end of the day, a lot of our success early is going to ride on him.

"He's a guy who has been down these roads before. I believe in him. He can right this. This hasn't been fun for him, these past two games. Now he has to put on his work boots over the next eight games to get ready for opening night.

"That's what you do. When you are off, you go off, work and figure it out. The one that counts is the next one.''

JOSE THEODORE POSTGAME

"It's not a great way to end it. Personally, i have to be better. It's as simple as that. I've been around long enough to know I need to be better.

"It's funny to look at the result. I made some good saves but there were goals I should have had. You have to take the postitives out of the game. There were some big saves out there. I have to focus and play well for 60 minutes for these guys.

"I'm pretty confident. I will work hard and work ethic overcomes many things. I'm confident for the start of the season. We just need a big week of practices. I expect more out of myself.''

-- The Panthers announced that Tim Kennedy has been sent to AHL San Antonio, the only cut of the night excluding Tyler Plante.

Kennedy will have to clear waivers to make it to San Antonio. One reason he spent most of last season in the AHL was the Rangers -- and then the Panthers -- were afraid he would be lost in the waiver process.

We'll see what happens this time around.

 

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if they were so afraid of losing him why dont they just give him a shot already?

The goalie situation will eventually sort itself out. You can always find a serviceable goalie if you look hard enough. Either Theo will bounce back, Markstrom will grow up in a hurry or someone will be signed or traded from the goalie scrapheap. In the goalie world, yesterday's bum can be tomorrow's hero. My only concern is that Theo's two year, NTC contract will cause Tallon to stick with him longer than he should and/or bring in competition to push/replace him.

Maybe Grimaldi should have prayed for the Panthers harder, instead of texting all that nonsense. ;)

I will hope that Kennedy clears waivers..

Markstrom may get his chance and prove he belongs. If he gets his chance and proves he doesn't belong, then Panthers have a problem but until Panthers try Markstrom in a regulation game I am not concerned. Theodore would be a good back-up for Markstrom.

Theo will NOT fill the bill, he's been over the hill along with JOVO and several other new faces. Another losing season is guaranteed. That's what you get when your payroll is the minimum the NHL allows.

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